October 9, 2013
Author: 
Tomás O'Leary

Origina has been cited in a blog post by Mark Bartrick, a senior analyst serving ‘Sourcing and Vendor Management Professionals’ for Forrester Research, Inc.

Mark began his career selling for IBM® in 1986, joining Forrester in 2011.

Mark Bartrick noted that readers might be interested in some of his takeaways after he met with Origina;

“They have an interesting proposition that claims to help users of some IBM® enterprise software products (such as Websphere and Tivoli) to make savings of up to 50% per annum on their maintenance fees. In addition, by delaying or even removing the need in some circumstances for forced upgrades Origina say the savings can soar to 90%.”

Read the full blog post here.

Origina’s model allows end-users of IBM® hardware and software to;

  • Make savings of up to 50% of the cost of the OEM. OEMs have a particular interest in the maintenance of these systems, as they provide up to half of its profits.
  • Have access to the necessary skill and expertise in legacy technology. With many young IT professionals opting for cloud-based and advanced technology and IBM® employing more workers in India than the US, legacy expertise is becoming a precious resource.
  • Working with Free ICT Europe to inform end-users of this software of their rights, and what they can do to protect themselves from OEMs operating restrictive practice.

Speaking on the issue, Origina’s Founder & CEO, Tomas O’Leary said “This is a fantastic piece of validation from one of the IT industries’ foremost innovative thinkers. Mark Bartrick’s understanding of the impact the massive changes happening in IT today are having on the traditional IT landscape is leading edge. He is one of a small number analysts who spotted the emergence of independent software maintainers a number of years ago and is now key part of the growing number of industry commentators and admirers.”

[i] Forrester Research, Inc., Mark Bartrick Blog Post, April 2014, Now Some IBM® Customers Might Be Able To Take Advantage Of Cheaper Third-Party Software Support

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